MSTL Class Descriptions

July 13-24, 2020

Molecular Biology

Do bacteria think? Bacteria certainly do not have a brain like you and I, but they are capable of remarkable behaviors. Bacteria respond to changes in their surroundings, talk to each other, and organize in complex communities. Some bacteria can swim and, using the equivalent of a nose, find their way to their favorite food. This behavior, called “chemotaxis,” is widespread in the bacterial world and plays an important role in collective migration, colonizing plant roots, or infecting our bodies. By studying how chemotaxis works, students will discover the simple molecular mechanisms that form the building blocks of sophisticated signaling networks. Using computer simulations, we will explore how signaling networks controls bacterial behaviors in complex environments.

Number Theory

Number Theory has been studied since ancient times; however, one can see its uses even today. Homomorphic encryptions that keep data private while outsourcing information , for example. A lot of companies use data-encryption methods. Number theory allows for the creation of these algorithms to be developed. The ultimate goal is to make data look unintelligible to everyone except for the intended users.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

This class will help students start profitable companies. When people dream of starting companies, they dream of hiring employees, happy customers, and improving the world. All those dreams require money. Unfortunately many companies never get $1 in revenue. Instead of dreams coming true, companies that never get any money, remain dreams.

In this class, the instructor wants to share the lessons he learned over a decade of building and investing in companies. After taking this class, the instructors want you to wonder, “If I start a company if those dreams will come true?” He wants you to wonder, “Will my reality be bigger than my dream?”